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MCOE, EECU to host ‘Excellence in Education’ awards

The Merced County Office of Education (MCOE) and Educational Employees Credit Union (EECU) once again invite the community to celebrate the annual Excellence in Education event with an in-person awards ceremony on Oct. 6.

The program has three categories that recognize teachers, school administrators and school employees who made an impact in their school district.

The awards ceremony, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 6:30PM at the historic Merced Theatre.

In addition to learning about all 26 honorees and the reveal of the three county winners, guests will enjoy videos produced by Merced Educational Television (METV) that highlight the winners and their work, and comments from EECU CEO Elizabeth Dooley and Merced County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steve Tietjen.

There are six honorees for Administrator of the Year, ten honorees for School Employee of the Year and ten honorees for Teacher of the Year.

Winners of the Merced County Teacher of the Year and School Employee of the Year are eligible to move on to apply at the state awards program.

For more information on the Excellence in Education program or to RSVP, call Stacie Arancibia at (209) 381-5910 or email [email protected].

The district honorees this year are:


  • Cristen Camp, Atwater
  • Adam Suleiman, Delhi
  • Bobby Hanning, Dos Palos
  • Olga Iniguez, El Nido
  • Danet Estabillo, Gustine
  • Maggie Santos Machado, MCOE Special Ed
  • April Amaral, MCOE Ed. Services
  • Tammy Rodriguez, Merced
  • Kyle Clinton, Merced
  • Julia Robertson, Weaver



  • Claudia Villafan, Atwater
  • Angelica Prado, Delhi
  • Charlotte Coleman, Dos Palos
  • Janneth Del La Torre, El Nido
  • Helen Encinas, Gustine
  • Yadira DeMartinez, MCOE Special Ed
  • Lucas Lopez, Merced
  • Delcio Gois, McSwain
  • Mandie Onate, Merced
  • Erendira Alamillo, Weaver



  • Diana Dietz, Atwater
  • Priscilla Whiteaker, Dos Palos
  • Jesus Lopez-Moreno, Le Grand
  • Mary Whited, MCOE Ed. Services
  • Mary Williams, Merced
  • Joel Sebastian, MUHSD
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